I have some things to do outside tonight just around the house but I’m avoiding it like the plague. It’s hot as hell outside and it feels like I never actually left Vegas. Honestly, it’s miserable and, yes, this is me complaining. I mean, come on, I live in Minnesota for the cool summers and cold winters. Not for the 90 degree late springs but I digress. Being that I’m stuck inside for a wee bit longer until the sun goes down and I can get that stuff outside done, I figured now is a good time to check out the ‘Queen Victoria EP’ from Evil Sweet.
Does the name Evil Sweet sound familiar? It should! I had the honor of interviewing Scotty and Zachary of the band just a couple of months ago (you can check out the interview HERE!). In that interview, I got to ask them some questions about the lead single off ‘Queen Victoria EP’, “Something” which is the track that kicks this five song EP off. I don’t want to become redundant or anything so I won’t go too deep into this track as I feel like I did in that interview but let me just say that kicking their EP off with this stunning track was a great choice and, as the song took over my house yet again, I felt the charm and excitement that I felt the first time I heard “Something” take me over all over again.
Second up on this album is the title track, “Queen Victoria”. I instantly fell in love with the beat of this track. It’s a bit jazzy and a bit Latin flavored creating a super cool vibe that makes you want to get up and move. “She’s walking down the street marching to her own beat…” I mean, those are the first words to this amazing track and I was instantly sold on everything from the instrumentation to the lyrics of this song. Much like “Something”, there’s an almost retro vibe to the recording of this song but it also feels fresh, not dated. Really, I spent the majority of this song thrashing around in my desk chair like a freak. I just could not sit still as this song rang through my house. This is a song that should be on the radio. Don’t believe me? Just check it out and try to tell me you don’t love everything about it.
“Out Of Nowhere” shows a more tender side to this band while still keeping with their distinct sound and style. Although it starts off a bit slower and more heartfelt, the song quickly ramps up into something just as catchy as the opening two tracks while the vocals keep and lyrics keep it from becoming a super and overly poppy track. Don’t get me wrong, this is a bop through and through but I feel like you just get a bit of a different side from Evil Sweet in this song and I love it. Again, you get an almost retro vibe from this song and I’m starting to question if it’s the recording quality of this album or just Evil Sweet’s overall sound. Regardless, it’s an element that I think makes Evil Sweet stand out in all of the right ways.
“How To Love You” continues to dig into that more somber side of Evil Sweet and really shines the light on the stunning vocals in the band. The way they rule over the almost minimalistic instrumentation is absolutely dazzling. The beat of this song is not as infectious but the song still it. Catchy vocals keep this song from being just a “playthrough” song. It somehow demands your attention but doesn’t evoke the need to dance like the previous songs which is a super hard line to balance. Evil Sweet does it so easily and makes “How To Love You” a truly standout track due to this element.
‘Queen Victoria EP’ ends with “Long Live the Queen” which was absolutely a favorite of mine. Evil Sweet has taken all of the best elements of the previous tracks and wrapped them all up with a Rex Orange County vibe in this final song. Honestly, there were times that I had to wonder if Rex Orange County had something to do with this final song but there were elements that came through loud and clear throughout this final track that could only come from Evil Sweet. It’s a perfect way to both end this album but also leave your head in the clouds as if easing you back into the real world after the journey that is ‘Queen Victoria EP’. Listen to this final song all the way through. There are twists and turns and a truly triumphant ending that just can not be missed.
Before I let you go, can we just give a big bravo to Nicholas Starrantino? He recorded, produced, and mixed all of these tracks and truly did a brilliant job on it!
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